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making news in america this morning, the las vegas shooter's girlfriend returns to the u.s. overnight as police release video showing the chaos officers faced during the rampage. we also have new pictures from inside the shooter's room and how he kept tabs on police with cameras. new overnight, president trump speaking about the crisis in puerto rico. the potential cost to american taxpayers and the staggering needs on the island. >> drop the gun now. drop the gun. >> we're doing a movie. also this morning, a movie mistake. police open fire thinking this was an armed robbery. hear why the actor says he's partially to blame. and new details about what caused hugh hefner's death. the unexpected contributing factor.
and we do say good morning, everyone. we're going to start with breaki breaking news in the las vegas massacre. the killer's girlfriend, a person of interest in the case, back on u.s. soil with investigators eager to learn what she knows. >> marilou danley was pushed in a wheelchair after flying into los angeles where she was met by fbi agents. now, this comes as we learn some new details about the shooter's weapons. >> overnight police also released this dramatic body camera video showing officers frantically trying to figure out where the shots were coming from. abc's marci gonzalez has the latest right now from las vegas where president trump will visit later today. marci, good morning. >> reporter: kendis and diane, good morning. police here say they expect to get much more information on what led up to this in the next 48 hours, especially now that the gunman's girlfriend who they've been waiting to question is back in the u.s. this plane landing in los angeles overnight from the philippines. on board gunman stephen
paddock's girlfriend, marilou danley, now a person of interest in sunday night's mass murder at this country music festival in las vegas. >> they're shooting right at us, guys. everybody, stay down. stay down. >> reporter: the spray of bullets lasting for as many as 11 horrific minutes. these newly released body cam videos showing brave police officers rushing people to safety. >> this way, this way, this way. >> reporter: and now our first look at some of the 23 guns including an ar-15 outfitted with a scope paddock fired from his 32nd floor hotel room into the crowd below, part of the arsenal scattered on the floor once police made their way in and found he had taken his own life. investigators revealing he set up two cameras in the hallway, another in his room. >> so that the suspect could watch as law enforcement or security approached his room. >> reporter: police now hoping danley can help shed light on the planning and motive for the massacre that left 58 people dead, 530 others injured. >> i don't know, like
it still hasn't fully hit me. it's kind of starting to but not fully. >> reporter: president trump traveling here today meeting with some of the survivors and their families, and he plans to also personally thank some of the medical professionals, first responders and heroic civilians who risked their own lives to save others. kendis and diane, back to you. >> of which there are so many of them. and we're so thankful for their work. marci, thank you. and police have also revealed that the shooter had 12 so-called bump stock devices which can help a semiautomatic gun function like an automatic gun and they're beefing up security with undercover officers in las vegas. also more employee training programs to help hotel workers spot a security risk. police say the shooter had ordered room service for days leading up to the attack but hotel staff apparently failed to spot his arsenal or anything unusual. and we turn now to the crisis in puerto rico.
hurricane maria is now blamed for 34 deaths, nearly double the death toll from earlier this week. >> and in a new interview overnight, president trump hinted the united states may have to forgive puerto rico's debt to try to help the island recover. and as early as today, the white house is expected to request billions in aid, in additional disaster aid for the island. abc's serena marshall has new details. good morning, serena. >> reporter: good morning, kendis, diane. after president trump wrote on twitter that puerto ricans want everything done for them, he traveled to the u.s. territory as consoler in chief. telling officials there they should be proud the death toll was in the double digits and not the thousands like with hurricane katrina. president trump meeting with the military and locals praising response efforts to hurricane maria. >> the whole team has been amazing. >> reporter: telling fox news -- >> we got an "a" plus in texas. we got an "a" plus in florida and we may have done our best work here but it hasn't been appreciated. >> reporter: and making a
comparison not often heard during natural disasters. >> every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like katrina, what is your death count? 16 people versus in the thousands. you can be very proud. >> reporter: after the president left, the governor announced the death count had doubled. during the president's four plus hours on the island, he handed out supplies, at times tossing them at the crowd, even questioning the need for some of those supplies. >> flashlights. you don't need them anymore. >> reporter: elizabeth vasquez delgado and others living in this 13-story building just 15 minutes outside of the capital city would likely disagree. just 7% of the island has power back, but more concerning, no food, no water. >> can you drink the water? >> no, we cannot. >> reporter: 78-year-old maria diaz telling abc's david muir she's been drinking the water
even though she knows it's not safe, fearful she may be one that adds to that death count telling him, i don't want to die here. the president also questioned the cost of puerto rico saying it threw our budget out of whack but in that fox news interview he did suggest that perhaps puerto rico's debt should be forgiven. kendis, diane. >> all right. serena marshall there in washington, thank you. and we're hearing from more people who are struggling to survive in puerto rico. >> in one rural town a family is holed up in a school shelter with their baby who was born just last month. now, with no power they have to wait for the sun to warm up their bathwater, and in some cases people are so desperate they're later drinking that same water they bathed in. the good news is some aid is now arriving, and over in a different building we visited an elderly couple that just received their first medication in two weeks. for now just some simple painkillers but food remains scarce. >> i had a piece of bread, half of bread, and i shared it with like four apartments.
>> people say they're just trying to live day by day. well, now let's take a look at your weather for this wednesday morning. so watch this. so this is not old video from january. it's actually from yesterday. in big sandy, montana, after the first blizzard of the season, which dumped more than a foot of heavy snow breaking an october snowfall record that had stood for 119 years. elsewhere it's starting to feel like fall for at least half the country. from phoenix to maine and everywhere south it'll still feel like summer with temperatures ranging from the 70s into the 90s. new orleans will be 84 today. well, coming up, some important news about cancer this morning. what's being linked to 40% of all cancer cases. also, should the united states do away with social security numbers?
the former ceo of equifax reveals what was behind that data breach affecting half the country. >> drop the gun. >> we're doing a movie. and lights, camera, confusion. a cop opens fire on a movie set. the apartment building where the fire was. when things like this happen, i think you find a new perspective on life. hi. red cross put us in a hotel so we were able to stay together. we're strong and, if we overcame that or if we can overcome that, we can overcome anything, so. [ sniffle ]
we're back now with new video showing the explosion of a pressure cooker bomb on a street in new york city last year. this video was just released by prosecutors at the trial for the suspect. 30 people were injured. it was the first terror attack injuring civilians in new york since 9/11. the ceo who lost his job because of the historic data breach at equifax is now blaming human error and technology. richard smith told congress the
u.s. may want to look at replacing the social security number as the main method of personal identification. social security numbers were among the data of the 145 millions of americans potentially compromised when the credit reporting company was hacked. still, the irs just awarded equifax a $7 million contract to help prevent taxpayer fraud. meanwhile, yahoo! now confirms 3 billion users were compromised by a date that breach that hit the yahoo! site in 2013. that's 2 billion more than the company first disclosed meaning all of its accounts may have been affected. a bit of health news now and a dire warning about the risk of extreme weight gain. a new study finds obesity is now a factor in 40% of cancer cases. obesity has been directly linked to 13 different types, everything from brain cancer to postmenopausal breast cancer. that's a major concern given that a recent report found two out of three american adults are overweight or obese. well, former president
barack obama had a special surprise for his wife on their 25th wedding anniversary. >> the former first lady was attending a women's conference in philadelphia speaking with television producer shonda rhimes when all of a sudden rhimes stopped their chat, and then the former president took over. >> it's no wonder that as people got to know you the way that i got to know you, that they fell in love, and it is truly the best decision that i ever made to be persistent enough asking you out for a date that you finally gave in, and i hope that -- i hope you feel the same way. >> it took more than one try, more than a few tries for her to finally go out with him. michelle obama posted a picture from their wedding day calling her husband the most extraordinary man she knows. >> that south side chicago romance that has survived. all right, well, when we come back, the survivor in the
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>> how could she not know what was going on in her own house with these weapons? she had to know something, at the very least question to him where are these weapons coming from? why do you have all these weapons? >> reporter: according to documents obtained by abc news, danley who uses an australian passport traveled to her home country, the philippines, two weeks before the shooting on september 15th. paddock actually visited her family in the philippines four years ago. one of them posted these photos on facebook. now u.s. officials want to know why paddock began to transfer tens of thousands of dollars to someone in the philippines just prior to the shooting. according to relatives, danley apparently met paddock at this hotel casino in reno where she worked as a hostess to entertain high rollers like paddock. employees at this bar in mesquite and former neighbors say the couple were regulars, drinking beer and tequila and playing video poker and the slots. >> so he just one time, you
know, pulled his phone out and said, here's a picture of the slot machine where we won $20,000. >> reporter: brian ross, abc news, new york. >> one woman at that concert says her phone saved her life. the proof, her heavily damaged iphone. she says a bullet hit the cover and shattered it, but thankfully she was not hurt. she managed to escape in a cab. text messages are now at the center of the investigation into the alleged hazing death of an 18-year-old college student in louisiana. police say maxwell gruber and other fraternity pledges received text messages instructing them to attend bible study which was apparently code for a game in which pledges were forced to binge drink. gruber died one day later from an apparent alcohol overdose. now to a very close call outside a bar in crawfordsville, indiana, after an officer opened fire in what turned out to be a misunderstanding. >> drop the gun now! drop the gun. >> we're doing a movie. >> you see that officer fire off a shot at what he thinks is an armed robber after the suspect appears to point a gun at the
officer, but it turns out that guy is not a robber. he's an actor shooting a scene for a movie. now, thankfully nobody was hurt in the incident, but the bullet did come close to hitting him in the head. >> i actually find fault between both people, you know, the producer of not notifying the police and the policeman of not, you know, giving me the chance to react without, you know, firing. but emotionally i just keep playing it over and over in my head, you know, how lucky i am to still be alive. >> lucky, indeed. no charges are being filed. police say they were responding to a 911 call about a robbery and were never notified about the movie production. hugh hefner's death certificate revealing what killed the playboy founder. the 91-year-old died from cardiac arrest, but a contributing factor was an e. coli infection, which he contracted six days before his death. the report says the infection was so bad, it was highly
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campaign is unlikely until he can get her on board. he puts the odds at about 10%. cuban supported hillary clinton in the last election, and he and president trump have made no secret about their dislike for each other. >> not at all. in fact, he was actually in the audience at one of the debates supposed to be one of the persons there to make the president feel a little bit weird and uncomfortable. >> yes. >> they don't like each other. >> it will be interesting if they're both on the debate podium next time. >> it will be great. well, life is pretty good right now for the current "jeopardy" champion. austin rogers with his unruly hair and full beard is a bartender from new york. >> he looks like every professor that we've had in college, doesn't he? so right now he's on a big winning streak thanks to his general knowledge and risky betting strategy. rogers is getting lots of attention, though, for his quirky behavior. do you see it? yeah. and his unique personality when asking the correct question to alex trebek. >> austin. >> what is a turboprop? >> good. >> what is van halen?
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good morning. it's 4:27 on this wednesday, october 4th. jessica castro in las vegas with us. we'll hear from her at 5:00 a.m. mike and alexis live in person. >> good morning. >> it's a little cold outside. >> a little chilly this morning. i woke up, the house was with 66 and that was with the windows closed. hi, everybody. i don't want to turn the furnace on yet. it's too early for that. you can see the clear conditions out there on live doppler 7. 44 in santa rosa. that looks like the cool spot, about 55 in san francisco, then bretwood and concord. our temperatures for today mid to upper 60s along the coast into san francisco. mid to upper 70s around the bay. we're going to have temperatures in the low 80s inland. heat wave is still on the way.
more on that next. here is alexis. >> i will start off with not really a pretty picture in walnut creek. overnight road work scheduled for another 30 minutes between monument and various lanes scheduled to be closed until 5:00. down to two lanes, this backup about a mile new, two miles right now. hopefully they get this picked up on time or early. we're seeing heavy traffic out of tracy this morning. we'll check on that next. alexis, thank you. the girlfriend of the las vegas shooter flew in from the philippines after she was named a person of interest. >> she was greeted by fbi agents eager to find out what she knows. marcy gonzalez is in las vegas where president trump is heading today. >> reporter: good morning. police say they expect much more information on what led up to this in the next 48 hours especially now that the gunman's girlfriend they've been waiting to question is back in the u.s. this plane landing in los angeles overnight from the philippines. onboard gunman stephen paddock's
girlfriend marilou danley, now a person of interest in the mass murder at this country music festival in las vegas. >> everybody stay down. stay down. >> reporter: the spray of bullets lasting for as many as 11 horrific minutes. these newly released body cam videos showing brave police officers rushing people to safety. >> think way, this way. >> reporter: our first look at the 23 guns including an ar-15 outfitted with a scope paddock fired from his 32nd floor hotel room into the crowd below. investigators revealing paddock set up two cameras in the hallway, another in his room. >> so that the suspect could watch as law enforcement or security approached his room. >> reporter: they hope danley can shed light on the motive that left 58 people dead, 530 others injured. president trump traveling here today meeting with some of the survivors and their families. he also plans to personally thank the medical professionals,
first responders, and some of those heroic civilians who risked their own lives to save others. marcy gonzalez, abc news, las vegas. a candlelight vigil was held in las vegas for the victims of sunday night's mass shooting. it took place at a local park. that vigil hosted by clark county and the city of las vegas. >> the people of las vegas are saying thank you for the support from all over the nation. we've been there for you during the good times, thank you for being there for us now. >> a gofundme page has now raised more than $8.3 million. remember yesterday it was just up to $3 million. the money is intended to provide relief and financial support to victims and families. it is 4:30 now. we will have more on the latest on vegas in a moment. first a quick check of your weather and traffic starting with mike. hi there. natasha, reggie, take a quick look at your